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The Double Cross
ISBN-13: 9781603819459
Publisher: Coffeetown Enterprises, Inc.
Publication date: 8/1/2013
Spanish Brand #1
Pages: 240
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The Double Cross

Spanish Brand #1

Set against the mountains and high plains of northeastern New Mexico during the decline of Spanish power in the New World, The Double Cross is a story of loss and love regained. A widower, Marco Mondragon lives a predictable life, working as an inspector of livestock brands spending his days among the cattle. Occasional raids by the fierce Comanche Indians interrupt the steady flow of work, but Marco is sensible and always avoids unnecessary risks. Once a year, his work takes him to Santa Fe. In the autumn of 1780, his journey brings more than just business - it brings the prospect of romance and great danger.

Paloma Vega is young and beautiful, but she is being used by cruel relatives. Marco suspects that Paloma's uncle may have stolen a brand from her deceased parents, forcing the pair to contend with many challenges that threaten their safety.

Life becomes less than predictable for Marco Mondragon as he works to change Paloma's fortune while the ever-dangerous Comanches become a more dangerous problem.

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Editorial Reviews

You remember exactly where you were for all of the important moments in your life. Your first kiss. Your first Dove Bar. And your first Carla Kelly book. -- The Romantic Reader

Kelly has the rare ability to create realistic yet sympathetic characters that linger in the mind. One of the most respected Regency writers. -- Library Journal

The first in Carla Kelly's new Spanish Brand series, The Double Cross is a late-­eighteenth-­century story set in the Comancheria region of the American frontier that encompasses a large part of both Texas and New Mexico. Don Marco Mondragon, a widower and juez de campo (rancher and brand inspector), is about to meet his unlikely future bride in the form of Paloma Vega, a downtrodden but spunky young woman working as an unpaid servant in her uncle's home. Marco and Paloma are brought together by, of all things, a small yellow dog that has brought a bit of sunlight to Paloma's dreary life, a dog which Marco purchases from her with the excuse of needing something to warm his feet. Thankful for the money, Paloma agrees to part with the dog but is nonetheless saddened by the loss of her only comfort. A local priest with good intentions schemes to unite man, woman, and dog but is met with obstacles along the way.

The reader eventually discovers that "The Double Cross" does not refer to a plan gone wrong but, rather, is the nickname of Don Marco's own cattle brand. Kelly skillfully invites readers to share in this romantic adventure that is played out amidst scenes depicting the harsh landscapes and living conditions on the frontier--all punctuated with an assortment of unsavory characters pitted against the heroic. -- Patricia Morrow, Foreword Magazine

Engaging and highly entertaining, The Double Cross is Carla Kelly at her best. -- Carla Neggers, New York Times bestselling author of Saint's Gate.

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Marco would have ridden away if a yellow dog, all fluff and short legs, hadn't come out of the Moreno house just then, followed by a young woman with lustrous brown hair, blue eyes, and--if we was any judge of what went on under skirts--shapely legs. He sat there, gloved hands crossed on the saddle horn, watching them.

"Can you stop him, Señor?" she asked.

He was out of the saddle just as the yellow dog dodged around Don Alonso. It was an easy matter to scoop up the yellow dog and deposit him in the arms of the young woman with blue eyes.

"A su servicio," he said politely.

He knew he was a blockhead to just stand there, but she had wonderful eyes.

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